Kitchen Reno

I live in a house that was built in 1965.  The builder decided on a cross between mid-century modern and traditional, so needless to say, it is a strange mixture of elements.  The kitchen was very hip for 1965 with teak cabinets on chrome legs and a countertop stove but it was odd looking by today’s standards.  We lived with it for years because it was very functional but we finally decided to spend the money and do a complete gut job.  Here are some of the before pictures:

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The photos give you an idea of what we were living with.  Behind the white louver doors were shelves that were only 9inches deep, essentially the depth of the wall itself.  This room is long (19ft ) and narrow ( 9ft) and although the island was very handy and provided good counter space and storage, it was in the way all the time.  It was not possible for 2 people to be on either side of it comfortably.  We opted to do away with it and we moved the fridge and stove.  The biggest change was the area behind the louver doors.  By removing the door frame we gained a few inches and now the area is deep enough for plates.  The kitchen designer did a remarkable job on that wall and it now looks almost like furniture or a dining room cabinet.  We put a pale slate-like tile on the floor from the back door, through the kitchen and all the way to the front door.  The counters are quartz in a mocha colour and the back splash is a stone-glass mix.

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Where the louver doors once were

Where the louver doors once were

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We used to have a large table in the dining area of the kitchen but I refinished that table and sold it ( I wrote about it in an earlier post).  We thought we would try a smaller round table.  I bought one for $20 and refinished the top and painted the base in AS Provence.  I also bought some used cane back chairs and painted them in old white.  It looks very pretty but we probably will sell the round table and get a larger one since we miss the old table.DSC_0021(2)DSC_0072

The wall colours are Benjamin Moore  Majestic Blue and Putnam Ivory.  In spite of choosing creams and beiges for the kitchen, I am really a blue person.


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A tale of two chairs

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These 2 vintage chairs are both considered Windsor chairs.  A Windsor chair has a saddle seat with drilled holes into which the legs and the back are fitted.  It originated in England probably some time in the 17th century but it first became associated with the town of Windsor around 1710.  English Windsors were usually stained and the seat was made from elm, a strong wood that does not split easily.  American Windsors were made with a variety of woods and often painted to disguise the different types.  In the 19th century, rustic chairs were painted with milk paint which was a mixture of buttermilk, turpentine and cow’s blood. There are a variety of styles that can be seen in this picture:

Although always available because of the simplicity of the design, Windsor chairs have gone in and out of style.  They are associated with the Colonial Revival movement of the late 19th century and are generally seen in traditional homes.  However, the eclectic mix and match fashion of the last few years has created a new interest in using Windsors ( usually painted) with other styles.  Look at this great photo from Houzz.com:

The chairs have been painted light pink and paired with mid-century furniture.  Or this one:

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My two chairs were both bought at the same garage sale.  The first one is a 1930’s rocker which is an adult chair and the small size suggests it was marketed for women.  It is a good-sized child’s chair by today’s standards which is why I painted it turquoise ( an AS Provence/Florence mix).  I like the dipped look on hoop back chairs. DSC_0025(1)DSC_0020(1)

The white chair was someone’s painting chair and was covered in paint spots.  I painted the seat and back in purple ( AS Old Violet and Emperor’s Silk) then painted over it in Pure White.  I wiped off a lot of the white paint to reveal the undercoats.  You can also see some of the original splatters.  It’s not everyone’s taste but I love this little chair.  It’s very sturdy in spite of being old looking and I think it would look great as an accent chair somewhere.

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